This week Shtetl on the Shortwave has âA hant untern kleydlâ (A hand up the dress)!
Tune in and find out about two bohemian Yiddish puppeteers, Zuni Maud and Yosl Cutler, from New Yorkâs Lower East Side in the 1920s and '30s. The two artists were political, controversial, funny, and involved in the occasional sordid activity, all reflected in the popular shows they put on through their Modicut Puppet Theatre.My guest is Edward Portnoy, Proffessor of Yiddish language and literature at Rutgers University. I spoke with him at the International Yiddish Theatre Festival here in Montreal not long ago. Listen in to hear Prof. Portnoyâs great storytelling and in this clip, we get to hear his hilarious imitation of Zuni Maud. Enjoy!